In a year completely dominated by Nintendo, there has been quiet work being done from the other major players in the industry. Microsoft released the most powerful console in video game history, the Xbox One X, and Sony has started to evaluate ways that they can keep up in the suddenly enthusiastic video game console war. Sony and Microsoft are competing for the same share of the market that is left aside by gamers who aren’t interested in what Nintendo has to offer. If there is a tug of war going on between Sony and Microsoft, then Sony is winning. What can Sony do to get back in the fight?
Right now, the Xbox One X stands alone as the most powerful system that gamers could grab from their local electronics store, and we aren’t including PCs. The Xbox One X has been beefed up with hearty specs: 2.3 GHz 8Core CPU, 12GB GDDR5 Memory, 326 GBs per second bandwith. Right now, this system isn’t being challenged by anyone else in the industry in a meaningful way. If this continues to be the case, then companies like Sony will continue to fall further and further behind. Sony is no longer the place to go for raw power because of Xbox. Sony is no longer the place to go for deep and varied gameplay, thanks to Nintendo’s suddenly red-hot indie development market.
So what does this mean for Sony? Well, the most obvious answer is that sony is going to put in some major work upgrading their popular PS4 or the release of the PS5 at some point in 2018. Despite both options sounding fairly positive, there is a stark difference in perception depending on where Sony goes with their next move. If Sony simply emulates Microsoft by offering a beefed up PS4, then the industry will see that Sony doesn’t have the confidence to go all-in with their own new release. That leaves us with Sony pursuing the PS5 which has thus far not been hinted at.
When Microsoft annoucned that their Xbox One X would be available for $500, analysts scoffed — assuming that gamers would never pay that much for a console. That has thus far been proven as far away from the truth as possible. Now, it is time for Sony to get involved in a big way and make their mark. Whether we have an upgraded PS4 or a newly minted PS5 up next, the future is looking exciting for gamers everywhere.